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Why Your 51% Startup Ownership Guarantees You Nothing

You know the scene in The Social Network where Eduardo meets with Peter Theil’s attorney for the first time. The attorney casually mentions that Mark’s equity will be over 50% ownership, and Eduardo, sagely, says, “That’s good because Mark needs to be protected?”

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Yeah, that scene.




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I work with startup CEOs to help them grow their businesses . I built several businesses from $0 to >$100M. Learn more at

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